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JavaScript Interactive Web Pages with JavaScript Selecting Elements and Adding Events with JavaScript Selecting Elements

Pablo Grippo
Pablo Grippo
25,765 Points

I have a problem for selecting an element in JS.

I write this code:

var lastName = document.getElementsByTagName("last_name")[1];

for select the second span element, but it throws me an error. WHY?

var fullName = document.getElementById("full_name");
var lastName = document.getElementsByTagName("last_name")[1];
<!DOCTYPE html>
<h1 id="full_name"><span class="first_name">Andrew</span> <span class="last_name">Chalkley</span></h1>

<script src="app.js"></script>

2 Answers

William Li
William Li
Courses Plus Student 26,868 Points

Your select a wrong element. getElementsByTagName should target span, not last_name.

Select the second SPAN element on the page

var lastName = document.getElementsByTagName("span")[1];
Pablo Grippo
Pablo Grippo
25,765 Points

It works! Thank you so much William Li!

Fred Sites
Fred Sites
11,151 Points

What's the error?

Yea William is right. You could alternatively leave the class name and do getElementByClassName